For fifty years, in spite of population changes in Orleans County, our legislative
district lines have remained essentially the same, resulting in some districts with more
voters, and others with less, which means, in effect, that some votes are worth more
than others when it comes to electing representatives to the County Legislature.
The Orleans County Democratic Committee has filed a petition with the court to
require the county to form districts with equivalent populations, and to uphold the
principle of “one person, one vote”.
Our petition asks the judge to instruct the County Legislature to review two
recent sets of census numbers, and to prepare a plan that addresses the one person
one vote objective.
Why take this legal route? To get the legislature's attention.